On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms

The fast-growing platform’s poor track record during recent voting abroad does not bode well for elections in the U.S., researchers said.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #conspiracy-theories, #elections, #midterm-elections-2022, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

In Wisconsin, Robin Vos Fires the 2020 Election Investigator He Hired

Robin Vos, the speaker of the State Assembly, said he was ending a widely criticized 14-month inquiry into the state’s 2020 results led by Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.

#gableman-michael-j, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vos-robin-j, #wisconsin

Alex Jones and the Wellness-Conspiracy Industrial Complex

The Sandy Hook defamation trial showed how bogus health products have turned misinformation into big business.

#conspiracy-theories, #dietary-supplements-and-herbal-remedies, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #medicine-and-health, #new-age, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wellness

Are Democrats Bungling Their Outreach to Voters?

Readers react to a guest essay critical of email fund-raising appeals with a desperate tone. Also: The raid at Mar-a-Lago; the Alex Jones case.

#campaign-finance, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #elections, #jones-alex-1974, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #mass-shootings, #national-archives-and-records-administration, #political-action-committees, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandy-hook-elementary-school-newtown-conn, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Hunting for Voter Fraud, Conspiracy Theorists Organize ‘Stakeouts’

A nascent effort to surveil drop boxes for potential fraud is taking shape in at least 10 states, worrying election officials and law enforcement.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #dsouza-dinesh, #frauds-and-swindling, #keshel-seth, #lake-kari-a, #midterm-elections-2022, #project-democracy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #townsend-kelly-1968, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Wisconsin Republicans Embrace Trump in a Race Defined by 2020 Grievances

Tim Michels, the former president’s choice in the primary for governor, beat an establishment-backed rival to set up a closely watched November race against Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat.

#elections-governors, #evers-tony-1951, #kleefisch-rebecca, #michels-tim-1962, #midterm-elections-2022, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #ramthun-timothy-s-1957, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vos-robin-j, #wisconsin

How Russia Propaganda Is Reaching Beyond English Speakers

Social media companies have taken steps to restrict Russian state media accounts. But posts from those accounts still spread in Spanish, Arabic and other languages and in places outside the West.

#avaaz-org, #facebook-inc, #international-relations, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #rt-tv-network, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #twitter, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #youtube-com

Michigan Officials Push to Investigate Matthew DePerno in 2020 Election Scheme

Revelations of possible meddling have set off a political tsunami in a critical battleground state, as the attorney general seeks an independent inquiry into her likely rival on the ballot this fall.

#attorneys-general, #benson-jocelyn, #deperno-matthew, #michigan, #nessel-dana, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-machines

The Alex Jones Verdict and the Fight Against Disinformation

What is the significance of the defamation case against America’s most prominent conspiracy theorist?

#audio-neutral-informative, #children-and-childhood, #compensation-for-damages-law, #conspiracy-theories, #decisions-and-verdicts, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #rumors-and-misinformation, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas

In Wisconsin Primary, G.O.P. Voters Call for Decertifying 2020 Election

Donald Trump’s supporters have turned anger over his defeat two years ago, and the false notion that it can still be reversed, into central campaign issues ahead of the battleground state’s primary.

#kleefisch-rebecca, #michels-tim, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #vos-robin-j, #wisconsin

How Is Senator Ron Johnson Still Competitive?

He has a way of winning Wisconsin Senate races in spite of his weird behavior. Democrats see ousting him this fall as key to keeping the Senate.

#barnes-mandela, #elections-senate, #franklin-charles-pollster, #johnson-ron-1955, #midterm-elections-2022, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wisconsin

Why Don’t Expect Alex Jones’s Comeuppance to Stop Lies

His success has inspired a new generation of conspiracy theorists, who have learned how to stay away from legal trouble.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #decisions-and-verdicts, #documentary-films-and-programs, #frauds-and-swindling, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #libel-and-slander, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

Don’t Expect Alex Jones’s Comeuppance to Stop Lies

His success has inspired a new generation of conspiracy theorists, who have learned how to stay away from legal trouble.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #decisions-and-verdicts, #documentary-films-and-programs, #frauds-and-swindling, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #libel-and-slander, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

Jury Orders Alex Jones to Pay $45.2 Million in Sandy Hook Case

The parents of a child killed in the school shooting were awarded the punitive damages at the conclusion of the defamation trial against the conspiracy theorist.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #conspiracy-theories, #heslin-neil, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #lewis-jesse, #lewis-scarlett, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rumors-and-misinformation, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Arizona Became an Abyss of Election Conspiracy Theories

This week’s primaries showed how Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election have gripped Arizona Republicans. To learn why, we spoke with a reporter who has deeply covered the state.

#arizona, #finchem-mark-w, #hamadeh-abraham, #internal-sub-only-nl, #lake-kari-a, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Alex Jones’s Moment of Truth Doesn’t Matter Nearly Enough

And nothing about his apology merits forgiveness.

#infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rumors-and-misinformation

Lawyer Says He Intends to Give Alex Jones’s Texts to House Jan. 6 Panel

At a hearing in the defamation case against the conspiracy theorist, the plaintiffs’ lawyer said he would turn over the materials to the committee unless the judge ordered him not to.

#house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #jones-alex-1974, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

What to Know About the Alex Jones Defamation Trial

The Infowars host has already been found liable in lawsuits filed by the families of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims. A trial this week will begin to determine how much he owes them.

#conspiracy-theories, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #suits-and-litigation-civil

In 4 Swing States, G.O.P. Election Deniers Could Oversee Voting

Arizona and Michigan have joined Pennsylvania and Nevada in elevating Republican candidates for governor and secretary of state who reject the 2020 outcome and might do the same for future elections.

#arizona, #deperno-matthew, #finchem-mark-w, #governors-us, #karamo-kristina, #lake-kari-a, #michigan, #midterm-elections-2022, #nevada, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Sandy Hook Mother Confronts Alex Jones During Trial

Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse, 6, was killed in the elementary school shooting, rebuked the Infowars fabulist over his lies in a face-to-face courtroom confrontation.

#conspiracy-theories, #heslin-neil, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #mass-shootings, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rumors-and-misinformation, #scarlett-lewis, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Some Parents Changed Their Politics in the Pandemic

They were once Democrats and Republicans. But fears for their children in the pandemic transformed their thinking, turning them into single-issue voters for November’s midterms.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #masks, #midterm-elections-2022, #parenting, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Lies for Profit: Can Sandy Hook Parents Shut Alex Jones Down?

A hefty financial verdict this week could dissuade other politically driven liars. But the path forward is uncertain, and the legal battles take a toll.

#heslin-neil, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #kelly-megyn, #lewis-jesse, #mass-shootings, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandy-hook-elementary-school-newtown-conn, #shroyer-owen

QAnon Candidates Aren’t Thriving, but Some of Their Ideas Are

While few with ties to the conspiracy theory are winning their primaries, themes pushed by QAnon followers have become Republican talking points.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #lake-kari-a, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #watkins-ron-1987-88

2020 Election Deniers Seek Out Powerful Allies: County Sheriffs

Conservative activists are working to recruit the law enforcement officers to their cause. Several sheriffs have already clashed with election officials.

#conspiracy-theories, #engelbrecht-catherine, #lindell-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sheriffs, #true-the-vote, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Ties Between Alex Jones and Radio Network Show Economics of Misinformation

The Genesis Communications Network built a lucrative business alongside the radio host, whose show the company has syndicated for more than two decades.

#anderson-ted, #conspiracy-theories, #genesis-communications-network, #gold, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #media, #minnesota, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #radio, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandy-hook-elementary-school-newtown-conn, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Election Conspiracy Theories Have Become Central to the Republican Party

Why election conspiracy theories have become central to the Republican Party.

#internal-storyline-no, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Elon Musk Responds to Twitter’s Lawsuit Over $44 Billion Deal

Mr. Musk formally responded to Twitter’s attempt to force him to buy the company, arguing that there was no reason to hurry the case.

#computers-and-the-internet, #courts-of-equity, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #twitter

Many American Voters Want to Upend System, Poll Finds

Desire for structural changes cuts across both parties, a Times/Siena College poll found, but for starkly different reasons. Even Democrats now question if the government is a force for good.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

How Elon Musk Damaged Twitter and Left It Worse Off

Mr. Musk swooped in and exposed Twitter’s lack of business and financial prospects. After criticizing the company’s weaknesses, he now wants to back out of buying it.

#agrawal-parag, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #twitter

Experts Warn Against ‘Herbal Abortion’ Remedies on TikTok

Amid the fear and confusion around abortion options across the country, some on social media have suggested taking herbs. But experts urge caution.

#abortion, #alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #content-type-service, #herbs, #parsley, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #women-and-girls

Disinformation Has Become Another Untouchable Problem in Washington

Numerous federal agencies agree that widely promoted falsehoods threaten the nation’s security. Doing something about them is another matter.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #grassley-charles-e, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #homeland-security-department, #jankowicz-nina-1989, #mayorkas-alejandro, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Conservative Radio, Misleading Message Is Clear: ‘Democrats Cheat’

Election fraud claims from 2020 are widespread on talk radio, contributing to the belief that the midterm results cannot be trusted.

#audio-neutral-informative, #cheating, #conspiracy-theories, #elections, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #radio, #rumors-and-misinformation, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

An American’s Murky Path From Russian Propagandist to Jan. 6

Charles Bausman, a former financial executive who runs websites that promote far-right views, recorded footage in the Capitol for a Russian television producer. Soon after, he fled to Moscow as a “political refugee.”

#anti-semitism, #bausman-charles, #connecticut, #hanick-john, #internet-research-agency-russia, #malofeev-konstantin-v, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rt-tv-network, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #social-media, #spencer-richard-b-1978, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

The Perils of Slow Vote-Counting and Delayed Election Results

Slow vote counts were the bane of the 2020 elections, inviting bogus fraud charges. But they’re not going away anytime soon.

#democratic-party, #internal-sub-only-nl, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

These TikTok Creators Are Fighting Health Myths

Meet the medical experts fighting bogus science, one “stitch” at a time.

#computers-and-the-internet, #doctors, #rumors-and-misinformation, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Rudy Giuliani at Center of Georgia’s Trump Investigation

Of all the legal threats Rudy Giuliani faces, the criminal inquiry into efforts to reverse the 2020 Georgia election may be the most dire.

#dominion-voting-systems-corp, #georgia, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smartmatic-sgo-group, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #willis-fani-t

The Leader of the QAnon Conspiracy Theory Returns

Three posts on Friday night signaled the resurfacing of a figure who used a variety of conspiracy theories to marshal support for Donald J. Trump.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #watkins-ron-1987-88

As Midterms Loom, Meta C.E.O. Shifts Focus Away From Elections

Mark Zuckerberg, who once said securing elections was “the most important thing,” has shifted Meta’s focus to the metaverse. That may have real-world implications.

#computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #twitter, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow’s disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #microsoft-corp, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Trump Attacks Mike Pence for Not Rejecting Electoral Votes in 2020

In a speech, Donald J. Trump was undeterred by the Jan. 6 House committee’s account of how his rioting supporters menaced the vice president, and the panel’s dismantling of many of his election lies.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

A Striking Contrast: Trump Officials Then and Now

Many officials have told the Jan. 6 committee that they tried to dissuade the former president from his bid to overturn the election. But in public at the time, their words were far different.

#barr-william-p, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #stepien-bill, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Trump Courtiers and the Jan. 6 Hearings

What constitutes “normal” in today’s Republican Party still has rot at its heart.

#barr-william-p, #cheney-liz, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #house-of-representatives, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate, #stepien-bill, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Voting Disinformation Is Not Just Online

A survey by election researchers argues that efforts to confuse or scare away prospective voters disproportionately target minority groups in battleground states.

#absentee-voting, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #political-advertising, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation

The Fractious Night That Began Trump’s Bid to Overturn the Election

Donald J. Trump’s advisers urged him not to declare victory on election night in 2020. He listened to the one who told him what he wanted to hear.

#giuliani-rudolph-w, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #kushner-jared, #miller-jason-1975, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #stepien-bill, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #trump-ivanka, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Is Still a Threat

The Jan. 6 committee hearings show how deeply Trump has altered our country.

#democratic-party, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

G.O.P. Lawmakers Who Went to D.C. on Jan. 6: Where Are They Now?

Twenty-one state legislators joined the crowds in Washington as they sought to overturn the 2020 election. For some, it was a ticket to grass-roots stardom on the right. For others, it was a political dead end.

#evans-derrick-1986, #finchem-mark-w, #internal-sub-only-nl, #maddock-meshawn, #mastriano-doug, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Texas Gains by Investigating Twitter’s Fake Accounts

For Ken Paxton, the state attorney general, there are positives. Aligning with Elon Musk? Check. Politically helpful? Check.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections-attorneys-general, #musk-elon, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tesla-motors-inc, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

No creas todo lo que lees sobre el hombre de esta foto

Su nombre es Jordie Jordan, es aficionado a los videojuegos y un retrato suyo se ha asociado a una identidad e información falsos. “Solo toman una foto que subí a internet y me ponen en todo”, dijo.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jordan-jordie, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

How a Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory Rises in Times of Tragedy

A picture of Jordie Jordan, an online gamer, has been attached to a fake name and numerous bogus reports of his death, including from the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jordan-jordie, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022